Best cars at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show

We pick our top 5 highlights from the 2014 Beijing Motor Show

The Beijing Motor Show is a bizarre mix of ultra-expensive luxury cars, mainstream motors with global appeal, locally produced vehicles that are improving in standard and some very shoddy low-end Chinese models. But there were some real highlights – and deputy editor Graham Hope and deputy news editor Luke Madden pick out their five favourite show stars...

Volkswagen Golf R 400

What's not to like about a Golf with 395bhp and capable of 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds? It looked powerful and purposeful without appearing cartoonish, and although officially not for production there seems a strong chance it will make showrooms.

Audi TT Offroad Concept

A TT on stilts? The idea of a TT SUV would have been laughed out of court a few years ago, but now coupe-SUVs are the height of fashion, it makes perfect sense. Almost certain to make production and plug-in hybrid tech gives it 149mpg potential and 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.

Mercedes Concept Coupe

Another coupe-SUV, following on from the unexpected success of the BMW X6. This will make also make showrooms – likely badged MLC – and is based on the M-Class platform. Promises to be much more fun to drive than the M-Class, though, backing up its sporty profile.

Lexus NX

A bona fide world debut of a showroom-ready car. The NX concepts have divided opinion, and there were some showgoers still unconvinced by its unique styling but we liked it. Lexus has adopted a strategy of being bold rather than fading into the background, and is all the better for it.

BMW Future Vision Luxury

BMW Future Vision Concept Beijing

Does exactly what it says on the tin. With a name like that there is no mistaking what this BMW is all about. Aluminium and carbon construction is likely to make it on to next 7 Series, while an array of exciting gadgets preview a hi-tech future from the German brand.

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